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Keys to Revelation - Chapter 5

Written by: Capoccia, Tony    Posted on: 05/12/2003

Category: Bible Studies

Source: CCN

.RM79                         Keys to Revelation - Chapter 5

Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (C) 1978 by the New York International Bible Society, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.

          BIBLE TEXT                                  COMMENTARY

REV 5:1  Then I saw in the right          [scroll] - Parchment had writing on hand of him who sat on the throne a      both sides, then sealed on the edges scroll with writing on both sides        in such a way that the seals must be and sealed with seven seals.              successively broken if the scroll is                                           to be unrolled and read.

REV 5:2  And I saw a mighty angel        [mighty angel] - Possibly Gabriel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to break the seals and          [worthy] - The scroll is like a title open the scroll?"                        deed to the earth and can only be                                           opened by someone capable of being a                                           mediator between God and man.

REV 5:3  But no one in heaven or on      [in heaven] - Redeemed men and women earth or under the earth could open      [on earth] - Living men and women the scroll or even look inside it.        [under the earth] - Condemned men and                                           women

REV 5:4  I wept and wept because no      John was overcome at the thought that one was found who was worthy to          there was to be a delay in the open- open the scroll or look inside.          ing of the scroll and the resultant                                           judgment of sin, restoration of                                           Israel, and the reign of Christ.

REV 5:5  Then one of the elders          [Lion of..Judah] - Refers to GEN 49:9 said to me, "Do not weep! See, the        where Judah is called a conquering Lion of the tribe of Judah, the          Lion. Root of David, has triumphed. He is      [Root of David] - See ISA 11:1,10 able to open the scroll and its        seven seals." 

REV 5:6  Then I saw a Lamb, looking      [Lamb] - Jesus is the Lamb of God, as if it had been slain, standing        the perfect sacrifice (JOH 1:29,36; in the center of the throne,              ACT 8:32; 1PE 1:19) encircled by the four living              creatures and the elders. He had          [slain..standing] - The lamb has been seven horns and seven eyes, which        offered, yet it stands erect with    are the seven spirits of God sent        visual evidence of the sacrificial out into all the earth.                  slaughter, a clear reference to the                                           death and resurrection of Christ.             

                                          [seven] - A term used in Scripture to                                           denote fullness or completeness.

                                          [seven horns] - Fullness of power.                                           Horn is a common symbol of strength                                           (DEU 33:17; PSA 18:2; 112:9). Refers                                           to the omnipotence of God. 

                                          [seven eyes] - In Zechariah 4:1-10                                           a lampstand with seven lights (v. 2)                                           is referred to as the Spirit (v. 6)                                           and the Spirit is the seven "eyes of                                           the Lord, which range throughout the                                           earth" (v. 10).  Refers to the                                           omniscience of God.

REV 5:7  He came and took the            [He took] - Jesus took the scroll scroll from the right hand of him        from the Father. who sat on the throne. 

REV 5:8  And when he had taken it,        [fell down] -Elders fell down in the four living creatures and the        praise and worship of Jesus for His twenty-four elders fell down before      power and mercy. the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full      [harp] - There is music and singing of incense, which are the prayers        in heaven.  Here praise is sung of the saints.                            to the Sweet Savior Jesus Christ for                                           His grace and mercy.

                                          [bowls..incense] - Throughout the                                           ages God's children have prayed for                                           judgment on sin and for the reign                                           of the Messiah Jesus Christ on earth.                                           These prayers have been as incense                                           before God for centuries and now are                                           about to be fulfilled (PSA 141:2).

REV 5:9  And they sang a new song:        "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. 

REV 5:10  You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the          [reign] - In the Millennium with Our earth."                                  Lord Jesus Christ (REV 20:6).

REV 5:11  Then I looked and heard        [numbering] - There were countless he voice of many angels, numbering      thousands of angels. thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 

REV 5:12  In a loud voice they sang: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" 

REV 5:13  Then I heard every              [every creature] - A reference to all creature in heaven and on earth and      of creation which has been awaiting under the earth and on the sea, and      the moment in history when the curse all that is in them, singing: "To        will be lifted and the sons of God him who sits on the throne and to        revealed in full redemptive glory the Lamb be praise and honor and          (ROM 8:18-25). glory and power, for ever and ever!" 

REV 5:14  The four living creatures said, "Amen," and the elders fell down and worshiped. 

Tony Capoccia BIBLE BULLETIN BOARD Box 130 Shreveport, LA 71110 Modem (318) 949-1456 300/1200/2400/9600 Baud

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